Year 6 to Year 7 Transition

The transition from primary to secondary school marks the start of a new phase in a child's life. For most, this is an exciting time full of opportunity but for some it can also be an unsettling period.  As a school, we work hard to make sure our new student's move from primary school to Bishop Rawstorne is enjoyable and runs as smoothly as possible and that all our students start Year 7 feeling fully supported.


Transition Process to Support Our New Students


May/June - Primary School Visits

We endeavour to visit each primary school in the summer term prior to them starting with us in August.  This gives us an opportunity to visit the child and their teacher in their own school setting allowing us to get to know them and their friendship group.  Afterwards, the student will be placed in a tutor group where they will be nurtured and guided throughout their five-year journey with us at Bishop Rawstorne.


Wednesday 6 June 2024 - New Intake Evening

This is an opportunity for new students and their parents to come into school and meet their tutor and ask any questions that they may have, as well as receive more information about starting Bishop Rawstorne and hear from the Headteacher and Head of Year. Our student mentors will also be on hand to help guide them and answer any queries they might have.


Wednesday 26 June 2024 - SEN Taster Day

New students who have been identified with SEND will be invited into school for our SEN taster day in a smaller group. As well as having the opportunity to meet some of their teachers and learn more about the school, these students will also spend some time in our Learning Support department, getting to know the members of staff who will be around to help them if needed.


Wednesday 3 July 2024 - Taster Day

New students will be able to experience life at secondary school during our taster day, when they will be given the opportunity to meet their tutor group and members of teaching staff, explore the school, participate in a range of lessons and have lunch! New students will also be given transition packs containing several activities to keep them occupied over summer in readiness for starting school in August.


Wednesday 28 August 2024 - Start School

Finally, our new Year 7 students will start school on the first day back, along with all the other returning year groups. On the first day they will attend the Welcome Service at church, which parents are also invited to, marking the start of their Christian education at Bishop Rawstorne. Throughout the week our new Year 7 students will get used to their new timetable and finding their way around school, with plenty of help from their mentors, staff and other students should they need it.


Transition Documents

The information below gives new students an insight into life at Bishop Rawstorne and provides them with all the information needed during the first crucial weeks as they settle into a new routine.

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Welcome Videos

In addition to the above, we have put together the following introductory videos for new students starting Bishop Rawstorne:


Mr Cowley - Headteacher


Mr Duckworth - Pastoral

Dr Saunders - SENCO

Head of Year 7 (2024-2025) - Mr Sixsmith

Head of Year 7 (2023-2024) - Miss Ashcroft

Bishop Rawstorne Mentors


We look forward to welcoming your child into our school community!